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One of the top items on every new mum’s wish list is getting back to her pre-pregnancy weight.

It doesn’t really help that we’re constantly bombarded by images of celebrities squeezing into tight jeans and mini bikini’s mere weeks after their delivery.

If Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Katie Holmes and Nicole Richie can do it, why can’t we?

Let’s get real, ladies.

First, please remember that the aforementioned celebrities were practically stick thin to begin with, so what they did was simply regaining their pre-pregnancy shapes.

Now I’m not saying that you can’t or shouldn’t want to target to be slim, just that your expectations must be set realistically. If you really target a weight that’s even less than your pre-pregnancy weight, adjust your expected timing accordingly.

Secondly, they are celebrities, which means they have the monetary means to afford daily personal fitness trainers and nutritionists, or that they have the money to pay for slimming treatments or surgeries that work super fast but come with a super big price tag.

Never let yourself get down in the dumps if you can’t achieve the lightning fast weight loss these celebrities do. It’s just not real!

Money makes the fat go away

But if like celebrities, you can afford to splurge, you can choose aesthetic surgeries such as liposuction. I however, personally don’t advocate any form of invasive surgery.

You can also sign up for slimming packages with a spa. There’s a huge variety ranging from slimming wraps, massages and non-invasive therapies.

You may even sign up with a gym package where you can hire a personal trainer and throw in a nutritionist for good measure to tailor the best post-pregnancy weight loss programme just for you.

How to really lose it

But what if you can’t afford or don’t want to spend the money? What you need are patience, discipline and dedication. Yes, seriously.

Unless you resort to some quick-fix method, which almost always falls into the categories of dangerous, harmful and/or expensive, these elements are essential no matter how you choose to lose your post-pregnancy weight.
There are several ways to practically lose baby-making weight that don’t require drastic measures or big price tags.

Breastfeeding

There’s this one episode of ‘Desperate Housewives’ where the hot new manager insists on breastfeeding her child even though he’s 6 years old because it helps her keep her trim figure. Now while this is an extreme, there is truth in this.

One of the reasons your body puts on weight during pregnancy is to help store the energy it takes to breastfeed your baby. So when you don’t breastfeed, those calories stay put.

So breastfeed and you burn those calories and more, naturally. It is also better for baby to keep getting more of your mummy goodness anyway.

The right diet

Although most women hit the diet road as soon as possible to lose weight, this is harmful not just to you but the baby as you are taking away quality nutrients from your milk.

Eating a well-balanced diet is the key. If you’re serious about shedding the pounds, take time to plan out a proper plan with the necessary daily doses of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins.

Protein is very beneficial as it can help increase your metabolism and build muscle mass which is good because the more muscle you have, the more efficiently your body burns calories.

Most protein-rich food also contains a hunger-fighting hormone and will fill you up more than carbohydrates. Many sources of protein are also rich in iron and vitamin B12, which are very good for replenishing a mother’s body after pregnancy.

Avoid simple carbohydrates, snacks with empty calories and foods high in saturated fats. Also, have five or six small meals a day rather than the traditional three, to help boost your metabolism.

Exercise

Exercise is also highly recommended. Not only will it help cut weight and tone the body, but it also increases energy and may even reduce risks of postpartum depression. And unlike dieting, it won’t interfere with your breastfeeding.

This doesn’t have to be a hard fitness regimen. In fact you should try not to do exercises that may cause major stress on your joints such as jogging, jumping, or running for at least six to eight weeks as your body is still more prone to injury from loosened joints and ligaments.

In fact one of the easiest forms to start losing post-partum weight is walking, which you can do while taking baby out on a stroller. Or try low-impact exercises like yoga or pilates instead - to tone your mind at the same time! LWB

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